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About West Bengal

West Bengal, a state in eastern India, situated between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal is an iconic state when it comes to tourist destinations. With cultural remnants like the establishments of East India Company in the past, to hill stations like Darjeeling and the happy city of Kolkata, the type of tourist places which exist in West Bengal are a treat to your soul. It is a state rich in diversity and a home to many different civilizations and type of people in a single state. The spectacular landscape of West Bengal is a retreat for you, because it manages to perfectly captivate your souls.

This state will offer you fun, excitement and rejuvenation and if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, head to one of the many amazing destinations in West Bengal and unwind your soul completely.

Be it with your kids, family or friends, the destinations of West Bengal leave a magical influence on you and you will remember this trip for your lifetime because the plethora of activities you can experience is never ending. So if you plan to visit West Bengal, be ready to experience one of the most mesmerizing holidays of your life.


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West Bengal FAQ's

Travel advice:

  • West Bengal is a place crowded with tourists and hence, you should book your stay and travel facilities in advance.
  • The number of people scamming tourists is comparatively high in West Bengal and hence, you should refrain from speaking to strangers.
  • While touring in the mountainous regions, you should take care of not going on trek routes, which are not specified as you might have chances to get lost.
  • Carry all types of weather clothes as at every destination, the weather might change drastically.
  • Book your tour packages from authorized tourist agencies and pay only after you attain a receipt for it.

Drinking laws

The legal age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks in the state of West Bengal is 21 years.


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Darjeeling

Darjeeling is one of the most famous holiday destinations not only in West Bengal, but in India. The place nestles in snow-clad mountains against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas, making it a heaven of earth. The land is colorful with green tea plantations, red and white flowers blooming all over, birds singing around while you have the scenic views in front of your eyes.


Siliguri

Siliguri is another picturesque destination that gives the tourists a spectacular views of the Himalayas. It is famous for production of tea and timber and while you stroll among the tea gardens smelling the mellow fragrance of fresh tea against the backdrop of snow-clad mountains and thick forests on the foothills, you will experience some of the best times of your life.


Hooghly

Hooghly is a very interesting place and it has many reasons for it. Considered as a sacred place because Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Sarada Devi stayed here for many reasons. This place is also of historic significance as it bears influence of the French, Dutch and Portuguese. The Chandannagar Museum and Srirampore are two main tourist destinations of this place.


Kalimpong

Kalimpong is a hill station located in the lower Himalayas, at an altitude of 1250 meter. This place offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and if you want to get away from the overcrowded tourists destinations, this place is a must visit for you, It is also famous for the traditional handicrafts and beautiful flower sanctuaries.


Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar is located in the north-eastern part of West Bengal and is famous for the rich influences from the Mughal Era. It has got many beautiful ancient monuments and is also famous for the huge water body it houses. Some of the most important sight-seeing destinations here are the Cooch Behar Palace, Chilapara Forest Range and Rasik Bil.


Barrackpore

Barrackpore is a land which is packed with natural beauty as well as of high historical importance too. This place has a lot of influence of history from the pre-independence era because it was a place of origin to a lot of freedom fights. The places to visit here are Mangal Pandey Park, Gandhi Museum and Jawaharkunja Garden.


Sundarbans National Park

The Sundarban National Park is a Tiger Reserve and Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal. It is a part of the Ganges Delta and adjacent to the Sundarban Reserve in Bangladesh. It is a home to the Royal Bengal tigers who rule the Mangrove forests and also houses some of the most exotic species of birds, reptiles and invertebrates.


Kolkata

Last but not the least, Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal is known as the happiest city in India. With many British Raj Buildings and heritage constructions, this place has a lot to offer. The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Puja, and the must-see places are Victoria Memorial, Park Street and the street culture of Kolkata in general.


What you will like here?

Art and Culture

West Bengal is a place rich in art and culture. Every city has some different art forms and traditions to reflect and the array of unique and different forms of art, culture, folk-lore and traditions will take you in a magical land.


Sea-food Delicacies

West Bengal is famous for sea-food delicacies all over India. There are many restaurants in Kolkata, especially on the park street, where you can enjoy delicious fish and other sea-food delicacies cooked with authentic perfection. The street food and sweets of West Bengal, especially in Kolkata is also worth relishing.


Shopping

You will get shopping options silk sarees, block print fabric, Bengali Sweets, local handicrafts and jewelry in Bengal. There are many famous shops which offer these things specially, and you can satisfy the shopaholic inside you with these things to buy.


Co-existence of cultures

While some of the places in West Bengal are developed and urbanized cities, the other part is rural and laid-back. Every place here has a different culture and yet, these exist with co-operation and harmony with one other. This plethora of different cultures will really impress you.


Natural beauty

With the Himalayas on one side and the Bay of Bengal on the other side, West Bengal is nothing less than a paradise when it comes to natural beauty. You will witness snow-clad mountains and beaches in the same state, which is nothing less than a wonder.


Recommended Reads For The Destination

Website

West Bengal Tourism

Forum

Trip Advisor Travel Forum

Books

West Bengal: Map Book


West Bengal Reviews

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Amey Khot
Reviewed: 28 Dec 2023
5.0/5
In this trip, We visited east, south and west Sikkim and then Darjeeling and places around it. All the hotel bookings were great and the set itinerary was good as well. This trip provided us a much private and customizable experience which we wanted. I am especially thankful for Tilak ji, our driver... Read More
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Vaibhav Jain
Reviewed: 03 Apr 2023
5.0/5
Best travel company for trekking
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Jui Paul
Reviewed: 28 Apr 2024
5.0/5
All over experience is good...
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Rahul Sidara
Reviewed: 14 May 2023
5.0/5
Excellent trek, enjoyed every moment, tour operator and guide are very nice and friendly, all stays are in very location and very well maintained, food is great and healthy, locals are very generous, all in all great experience 👍🏻.
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Anto A J
Reviewed: 20 May 2024
5.0/5
Positives: - Overall great trekking experience. - Difficulty level was exactly what i was looking for. - Schedule was good and engaging - Bijay (our guide) was too good. He took care of everything (keeping our morale up, ensuring that we checked in properly to each stay area etc etc). - Food was dec... Read More
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Saptadip Malakar
Reviewed: 28 Dec 2022
5.0/5
I went to Sandakphu and Phalut trek, it was my first trek and the experience was delightful and well-managed by Thrillophila. The support from the Thrillophila before starting the trek could have been better but after reaching the base camp, everything was well-planned and sorted. The homestays and ... Read More
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